Make an adorable herb garden with old glass jars


1. Rinse your old glass jar thoroughly with soap and water.

2. If removing a label, soak the jar in warm water mixed with dish soap for 30 minutes. Remove the label. It should come off easily! Thoroughly dry the glass jar.

3. Prepare the outside of the glass jar for chalk paint by first removing any residue. Place a few drops of rubbing alcohol on a piece of paper towel and gently rub the side of the glass jar you wish to paint.

4. Use masking tape to tape a rectangle to the side of the glass jar. This is where your chalkboard label will be, so make sure it’s the size you want.

5. Once you have the desired rectangle, apply chalk paint with a brush. Leave to dry for 1 hour. (For best results, apply a thick, smooth coat in one pass. If you wish to apply another coat, allow the first coat to dry completely before applying.)

6. Remove the masking tape. Using chalk, write the grass you choose to plant on the new chalkboard label.

7. Add about 1-2 inches of rocks, gravel, pebbles or marbles to your glass jar. Then fill the pot with potting soil, leaving some space at the top for more potting soil after planting the seeds, about 1 inch.

8. Plant the herb seeds of your choice* and cover with a small handful of potting soil. Lightly water the top of the soil.

9. Place it indoors near a windowsill or on a counter with plenty of sunlight. Be sure to read the instructions on the back of the herb seed packet for proper maintenance.

10. Watch your herbs start to grow!

*NOTE: Not all herbs can thrive in a glass jar forever; for some, a glass jar is only suitable as a garden starter. Keep this in mind when choosing herb seeds!

Terri S. Tomasini